Carlos Acosta has promised to bring international choreographers and major new works to Birmingham Royal Ballet as he unveils his plans to take the company in a “new direction”.
The Cuban dancer and choreographer took up the reins at the Birmingham dance company last month and has now announced its work for 2020/21.
This will include the world premiere of a new duet for Acosta and Alessandra Ferri, choreographed by Goyo Montero, as well as Acosta’s production of Don Quixote.
Acosta’s first year in charge will culminate in Birmingham Royal Ballet returning to the Royal Opera House in summer 2021 for the first time in 20 years. The company was previously a sister company to the Royal Ballet but became independent in 1997.
Announcing his intentions, Acosta said: “Bringing major new works to the stage will forge a new direction for this wonderful company. I plan to present international choreographers whose work will be new to British audiences.
“I want Birmingham Royal Ballet to be surprising and unpredictable, whilst continuing to be world-class exponents of the classical repertoire that means so much to me personally.”
Among the new partnerships that will be forged over Acosta’s inaugural season include the company’s first performance at Latitude Festival and a celebration of the Birmingham-based Sampad South Asian Arts and Heritages’s 30th anniversary.
BRB will perform at the Dance@Grange Festival in July, which is curated by Wayne McGregor.
He went on to speak of his desire that the company’s future, on and off-stage, “is more reflective of our experience and society today”.
“I embrace this responsibility and hope to bring new audiences to ballet by being accessible, by nurturing talent and by creating opportunities to experience and be inspired by this beautiful art form, in many different ways,” Acosta said.